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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

Filtering by Tag: Summer Style

The Cottager

Jessica Wagner

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Seventies Vintage

I pulled this vintage beauty out of my parents attic. Maybe it's the old soul in me, but I've always been drawn to clothing that tells a story. Dreamy pieces in creamy white, like this natural frock, speak to my sensitive nature. I love the lived-in feel from another time and place.

My sisters and I used to have a big wooden box of dress up clothes and this 1970s dress was one of our favorites. Back then it would fall three feet too long, dragging across the floor, and take us to an imaginary world of royal tea parties and secret gardens -- or dark alleyway dealings as British spies in disguise.  

Fast forward to today, it's the perfect fit for picking wild flowers on a rosé picnic at the cottage. I love the soft worn-in linen feel of the dress. The tag actually reads "The Cottager for the Junior." I couldn't find much about the brand, but it breaths like a warm summer night. The empire waist and detailed buttons up the back add a charming vibe that makes it stand out from today's fashions. 

I believe a good vintage dress has the ability to transport you... the more ethereal the better. I have a soft spot for our weekend escapes to our family cottage. Our happy place. <3 Life slows down and we usually just enjoy eachothers company or get lost in nature. Fishing on the lake, walks on the beach, running through wild flower fields or picking berries from the local farm.  I've been coming up to the lake since I was born. t's a place that holds childhood memories and peaceful nostalgia. BBQs, late nights around fires. Sunning like little sand crabs on Papa's dock. Canoe rides and getting pushed on the swing {or into the pond!} The sound of crickets and the hum of nature. A place for wild strawberries and wild freedom.

We discovered this quarry down an old dirt path, and this dress just felt right for whispered dreams and special moments. Earth-goddess hair, bare feet and free flowing fabrics where staples of the seventies. In full hippie-chic mode I added a few Queen Anne's Lace to my braid for added effect. {Interesting fact: Queen Anne’s Lace is in actuality, a wild carrot!}

When looking to add vintage clothing  to your wardrobe, don't be afraid to shop around in antique shops, or your own auntie or grandmothers dresser drawers. Hats, baskets and scarves are a few accessories I usually walk away with for a steal! 

When it comes to making a decision on to buy or not I like to try and envision wearing it in a countryside flower field, full of eyelet lace, and creamy shades of dancing white. Little stone cottages and over-grown ivy. Lost dirt roads and hidden wishing wells. If the dress fits the scene - (and fits!) or can be easily altered, into the bag it goes! Always check for stains, holes, and missing pieces. 

Long maxi dresses or even midi styles will serve as versatile summertime wear and will evoke an "imperfect" elegance. Shabby chic at it's best, out in the open sky among the singing reeds. Unabashedly feminine, and whimsical. 

If you are also enchanted by history and vintage style, where are you favorite places to find  additions to your wardrobe? I would love to hear in the comments below! 

Outfit Details:
Dress: Vintage The Cottager For The Junior  Shoes: Vintage Huaraches - House of Dow Picnic Basket: Vintage Hat: My grandmother's <3 Lips: Le Marc Lip Crème Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 

Scalloped

Jessica Wagner

Dresses: It’s All In The {Pretty Little} Details

I’ve been on an über femme kick lately, and nothing is daintier than a scalloped edge detail. 

Scallop hems are finding their way all over summer wear. The simple addition of a scalloped piece to your outfit invokes visions of sunshine-filled city strolls and sandy beaches.

The best part about this versatile look? It doesn’t matter what your body type. There are endless types of scalloped silhouettes that are cut to flatter. Dress them up or dress them down, scalloped edges instantly elevate any outfit.

Two tips when going for a noteworthy hem line. Choose a dress in a solid color and a modern cut. It plays off the whole “less is more” ideology, and nothing is more classic than a LBD with girlish edge. (Ha ha ha – ho ho ho literally!)

Scalloped fashion just screams summertime! Here are three scalloped styles from TOBI that will carry you through the next heat wave - preppy and polished.


Scalloped LBD:

This halter style stunner looks just as first-class with black strappy heels, as it does paired down for an in-the-heat-of-summer casual night out. 

Pearl slides and a straw topper have been my go-to add on accessories this season. They give this oh-so-cute skater dress it’s own #mood. Something about the open back scallops is a little Audrey Hepburn-ish, no? (Perhaps a younger and cheekier take on the LBD queen.) This dress is on sale (!) and also comes in blush pink and cherry red.

Whenever my summer tan kicks in I don’t mind taking my skirts a little shorter, (thanks to spanks!) and find the leggy freedom all-around marvels and every bit alluring.


While summer calls for simple white dresses, when you find a shade that makes your summer glow sing you have to.

This wavy pretty little detail is giving me major 90s vibes with it’s structured crop. While I have been a little on the fence with this revival, I love that you can dress up this two piece set with a pair of playful heels or go “West Coast” with a more laid back attitude.

The soft color and double scallop trim are street-cute without even trying. Be prepared to see a lot more of this Lack of Color hat, as I am currently channeling my inner Pretty Women.

This little set also comes in 4 brilliant colors. Shop it below.


Rose Shift

A dress that matches my current wine obsession? Yes way! I can just picture sipping some bubbly at brunch or a daytime celebration in this sweet and easy one-and-done.

Really you can wear this style cut anywhere, anytime. Day to night, work to play. The loose drapey fit allows you to actually order more than one mimosa at brunch (yay!) and the sweetly scalloped hem and sleeve, make for a sophisticated combo.

This dress comes in seven shades and each as positivly dandy as the next! (I’ll take one of each!)


All of these dresses are available to shop (and on sale) at TOBI. If you are into brilliant prices, trending pieces, and pretty little details, you need to go check them out (they have an amazing insta account here too!) And don’t be afraid to try this cute and edgy detail on everything from your sunnies, sandals, sundresses and shorts!
 

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Thank you TOBI for collaborating on this post!